Associated Press Goes On Rampage Against Bloggers

Jun 17, 2008 • 10:18 am | comments (3) by | Filed Under Informational Sites SEO

Blogger Mathew Ingram reports that the Associated Press has gone after a news blog for infringing upon copyrights. In summary, the AP has gone after a blog that posts short excerpts pointing to original AP articles, claiming that "fair use" does not permit this practice.

What's the rationale? Some people think that they're not willing to let go of old practices.

The AP is pissed that their antiquated business model no longer exists. The AP is behaving more and more like a bully

Others believe that the AP is being fair but people are simply not abiding by their policies. In an AP statement, they say:

We get concerned, however, when we feel the use is more reproduction than reference, or when others are encouraged to cut and paste.

Not many people buy it, though. One forum member says that he'll stop quoting AP stories and quote a competitor (or a source that quotes the AP). I guess that most feel that AP really didn't do its due diligence in this matter.

More discussion on this topic is written on the SEOmoz blog and in The Lisa's wonderful summary. Even more discussion is on Techmeme.

Forum discussion continues at WebmasterWorld.

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